Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel

Welsh Springer Spaniel


Often called the “Welshie,” the Welsh Springer Spaniel is a sturdy gun dog that originated in Wales. They were very popular with wealthy Englishmen as hunting dogs. These dogs excel in water and on land in hunting all sorts of game. They got their name from their hunting style, which was by “springing” into the air in order to flush out game for their hunting companion.


As Welsh Springer Spaniels are very lively and energetic, they need lots of exercise unleashed. For this, they need a large fenced yard. They'll do fine with apartment living as long as they get enough exercise. They excel in hunting, swimming, hunting and tracking. If they don't get enough exercise, they get lazy, overweight and bored.


Welsh Springer Spaniels must be brushed regularly using a brush with stiff bristles. They need special care when shedding. Only bathe when absolutely needed, and then use dry shampoo. Be sure to check and clean their ears regularly. Health concerns for this breed are epilepsy, entropion and hip dysplasia.


Welsh Springer Spaniels are muscular and compact. They're attractive and built for endurance. Even though Welsh Springer Spaniels have many positive attributes, they're often bypassed in favor of their cousin, the English Spaniel. Because of this, the Welsh Springer Spaniels aren't seen very often in the United States and can be hard to find.


Welsh Springer Spaniels have a naturally straight coat that's thick, flat and has a soft texture. They have a weatherproof coat and offer protection from extremes in temperature as well as thorns and briars. These dogs have a feathering on their chest, backs of their legs, and under the body. Their ears and tail also have light feathering. The only colors they come in are red and white and various patterns. These dogs are average shedders.


Welsh Springer Spaniels are happy, affectionate and get on great with children. They're loyal, active, friendly, and have a playful attitude. They also get on well with other pets. These dogs are cautious of strangers but they're not timid, aggressive or shy. They can be independent but they love to be included in activities with their family. Don't leave them alone for long periods of time. They're trustworthy and amiable companions.


The Welsh Springer Spaniels are versatile, eager to learn and headstrong. They must be socialized early in life along with getting basic obedience. Their first love is to hunt, so they should be trained early in hunting so they don't roam. Training should be conducted with fairness, firmness and consistency.